New Year's Eve going-out guide

  • Article by: MICHAEL RIETMULDER , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 31, 2013 - 1:57 PM

If you plan on venturing out, here are some options, from big deal to small scale.

Martini clock spot illustration for New Year's Eve celebrations

Each year as the calendar flips over we’re offered a rare opportunity for self-reflection. It’s a chance to look back on the past 12 months, once filled with hope and promise, to see what we did with last year’s clean slate.

Unless you’re one of those obnoxious resolution keepers, you’re probably still stuck in the same dead-end job, your love life’s as stagnant as an accounting firm’s holiday party and the added miles on your odometer are starting to show. But no matter how big of a bust 2013 was, it’s not too late to end on a high note.

Go big on New Year’s Eve and start fresh in 2014 — hopefully without a hangover.

Lavish bashes

Crystal Ball at International Market Square: For its 10th-annual NYE event, Crystal Ball organizers tapped inimitable party-boy crooner Har Mar Superstar to headline the five-level party, which features a stable of local DJs (including Strangelove and Fresko) and more than 25 bars. Shuttle services run to Uptown and downtown Minneapolis stops and there’s no shortage of VIP options for “big ballers only” (sorry, smaller ballers).

8 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 31, $40-$50 general admission, 275 Market St., Mpls.,



A Masked Affair at Muse Event Center: Celebrate the new year with semi-anonymity at this upscale masquerade. Partygoers can snag discounted Venetian masks at Twin Cities Magic and Costume Co., but some complimentary masks will be available at the door. Entertainment includes aerialists, mannequin models and two rooms of DJs bumping everything from house to top 40, plus Crave hors d’oeuvres.

9 p.m.-2 a.m. (8 p.m. VIP doors),

$30-$60, Dec. 31, 107 3rd Av. N., Mpls., 612-367-6931,

Dinner and drinks

Icehouse: The Eat Street restaurant and music venue offers a $100 package deal for a five-course feast with wine pairings and admittance to the late show starring electro-rockers Solid Gold and their DJ side project Year of the Horse. Skip the food and vino and cover is just $20, which includes a midnight champagne toast.

5-10 p.m. dinner, 10 p.m. show, Dec. 31, 2528 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls., 612-276-6523,



Bachelor Farmer and Marvel Bar: The Nordic restaurant and its companion cocktail lair host a three-pronged party, starting with a 5-9 p.m. reception on the second floor, featuring champagne, aperitifs and a string quartet of Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra. If you can score a dinner reservation, the Bachelor Farmer is doing an $85, 5½-course menu with wine and cocktail pairings available. Marvel opens at 9 p.m. for a dance party with DJ Jonathan Ackerman, face painting and a special menu featuring sparkling cocktails and a NYE punch.

5 p.m.-2 a.m. Dec. 31, 50 2nd Av. N., Mpls., 612-206-3920,


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